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December 10, 2019
General Membership Meeting

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PACO General Membership Meetings:
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PACO's Programs Committee has been busy coordinating General Membership Meetings which are held at the Columbus Bar Association, from 12 Noon- 1:00 p.m.

December 10, 2019 – The General Membership meeting topic is regarding the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists (ACEDS) which has an Ohio Chapter with local connections in Columbus, Ohio. The mission of ACEDS is to help professionals in various disciplines improve and certify their e-discovery knowledge and skill, advance their careers, increase their contacts, and increase overall competence in e-discovery and related fields.

  • Featured Speaker: Pamela Hutchins, ACEDS President & Sr. eDiscovery Project Manager at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP
  • Topic: Association of Certified eDiscovery Specialists (ACEDS) – Ohio Chapter
  • Where: Columbus Bar Association, 175 South 3rd Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  • Time: 12 Noon – 1:00 p.m.
  • Click here to register to attend

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January 21, 2020 – Speaker: Maryellen O'Shaunnessy, Franklin County Clerk of Courts
Topic: TBD.

For any questions regarding PACO's General Membership meetings, please contact the Program Committee Chair, Kemmily Kwok at: programs@pacoparalegals.org.

Columbus State Community College - NALA CPE Exam Review

Columbus State Community College is offering a NALA Certified Paralegal Exam (CPE) Review Class during Spring Semester which starts in January 2020. If there are PACO members who are interested, they can register online or in Eibling Hall, or they can contact Tom Shanahan (tshanaha@cscc.edu), Deb Hoffman (dhoffman@cscc.edu), or Cathy Ritterbusch (critterb@cscc.edu) if you need permission to enroll. The cost is the same as any other 3-hour class (and academic credit is awarded).

NFPA - Message from PACO’s NFPA Primary and Secondary Representatives

This message from PACO’s NFPA Primary and Secondary Representatives will focus on Paralegal Certification tab via the NFPA website. In order to view this information on the NFPA website (https://www.paralegals.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1) you will need to provide your Member Login and Password to access the information under the Paralegal Certification tab.

Do you know the difference between Paralegal Certification, Credentialing, Licensing and having a Paralegal Certificate?

If you completed a paralegal educational program and received a certificate, you are certificated, which is different from being certified.

If you successfully passed a paralegal certification exam, such as the NFPA's PCCE or PACE, you are certified. This allows a credential after your name, such as Jane Doe, RP®.

Licensing is how a governmental authority controls certain professions and currently, no state has paralegal licensure.

Click here to read more.

If you have any questions about NFPA, those can be directed to: Callie Kessler, PACO NFPA Primary Representative at: NFPA@pacoparalegals.org and Joyce Warren, PACO NFPA Secondary Representative at: statewide@pacoparalegals.org

NFPA - President's Challenge - Webinar

Calling on everyone with the easiest of tasks – meet the NFPA President’s challenge made at the Convention in Rochester, New York and present/coordinate a webinar.

One easy and successful idea: “A day in the life of a [fill in the blank] paralegal!” While many of us struggle with the anxiety of public speaking, we likely could talk endless hours about what we do daily. We’re all specialists in our work, and putting together a one-hour presentation would be a breeze. Learning what our colleagues are doing on a daily basis, and their shared tips and tricks for success, is a very valuable benefit.

We’re happy to help you fine-tune a presentation, and the process of presenting couldn’t be easier. And you can check yourself and your association as having satisfied one of the NFPA President’s challenges for the year! Contact NFPA’s Webinar Coordinator – Donald P. Bristol, RP, Pa.C.P., bristolparalegal@gmail.com or 610-840-0231 – with any questions.

Franklin County Law Library 2020 Brown Bag Lunch Series

Brown Bag Programs for the first half of 2020 have been scheduled, see the complete schedule below. Each program is limited to 24 attendees so if you are interested in any of these programs, call and get your name on the list now! If you have a program suggestion (especially if you want to be the presenter of said program) send an email to Angela Baldree, MLS at abaldree@franklincountyohio.gov and she will be happy to schedule it for the second half of 2020.

CBA Corner – December CLE

YWCA Columbus - Donations Needed

The cooler months are fast-approaching and many of Columbus' homeless families will be without bare essentials. As you begin shopping for your own family this fall season, consider purchasing an extra coat or pair of socks for a homeless child, or donating your gently used coat to a homeless mother. The warmth of your generosity will be felt in the hearts of the families that stay with us this season.

Here is a list of urgently needed items for families at our Family Center:

  • Coats! (new, or gently used and freshly laundered, all sizes)
  • Diapers (size 5 & 6)
  • Pullups (all sizes)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Socks (new, all sizes)
  • Bottles
  • Sippy Cups

For donations larger than 3 medium-sized boxes, to schedule a tour at the time of your donation drop, or if you have any additional questions, please contact Krista Faist at 614-253-3910 ext. 3934 or kfaist@ywcacolumbus.org.

And as always, you can also click here to shop our Amazon wishlist for our most needed items.

If you have questions, feedback or would like more information about PACO, please contact any Board member at:

Becky Lewis – President (president@pacoparalegals.org)
Shannon Reames – Vice-President (vp@pacoparalegals.org)
Brittany Hays – Assistant Vice-President asstvicepres@pacoparalegals.org)
Angela Vohsing – Treasurer (treasurer@pacoparalegals.org)
Cassandra Struble – Secretary (secretary@pacoparalegals.org)

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